City Tells Man It’s Illegal To Clean Sidewalk
September 20, 2012 by Bryan Nash
A business owner in Corpus Christi, Texas, is at a loss for what to do after the city informed him: He cannot wash bird poop off the sidewalk in front of his restaurant. The city claims the droppings go into the storm drain and then into the bay, polluting the water.
John Webb, manager of Crawdaddy’s, has been washing the sidewalk for 18 years, but recently he was told it was against the law.
“If I can’t wash my sidewalk off, what am I supposed to do? I’m at a loss at how to clean this up,” he said. “Now I’m stuck with having dirty sidewalks and this bird poop. It’s nasty,”
Officials say that Webb is violating the city storm water ordinance. Hosing off the sidewalk could result in a $2,000 fine.
City officials believe that it’s OK for rainwater to wash away the bird poop because that is a natural occurrence.
“It just seems kinda foolish that rain washing it off is a natural occurrence, but a water hose washing it off is a pollutant. It just really doesn’t make much sense to me,” said Webb.